Havant suffer sixth defeat but performance at Thurrock is encouraging 

Jerome Trail scored a try for Havant. Picture: Chris Moorhouse
Jerome Trail scored a try for Havant. Picture: Chris Moorhouse
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Will Knight believes there is light at the end of the tunnel for Havant despite a 22-16 defeat at Thurrock in London one south.

It was a sixth loss in a row for the team who are currently playing all their matches on the road.

Head coach Will Knight saw enough from his team to suggest the dark times could soon subside, though.

He said: ‘There were a lot of positives to take from the game.

‘Again we played the better rugby but just couldn't get over the line enough.

‘Considering we had to make 11 changes from our last game that is an achievement.

‘Once again we had to bed in new combinations.

‘Despite this we are starting to see more shape and consistency.

‘When we get all our players back then i think you will see a totally different Havant.’

Havant's points came from a Jerome Trail try and three Gareth Davies penalties.

United Services Portsmouth moved up to second in London three south west after beating Teddington 31-6 at Burnaby Road.

Player coach Rich Neil admitted his team needed to be patient.

He said: ‘It took us a bit of time before we made sure of the result.

‘The key to it was remaining patient.

‘In the first half we weren't very good and gave away far too many penalties.

‘We got it right in the second half and eventually wore them down.'

Owen Herbert scored two tries.

Alex Smith and Sam Master were the other Services try scorers.

Southsea Nomads stormed to a 48-5 Hampshire two win at Basingstoke II.

Nomads captain Ben Horrod praised the solid team performance.

He said: ‘Our forwards dominated the scrums and line-outs.

‘This gave our dangerous backs the kind of ball we love to play off.

‘The second half performance, when we scored 41 points without reply, was very good.

‘If we play like we can for a whole 80 minutes, we are capable of beating all the teams in our league.’

The visitors held a narrow 7-5 lead at the half-way stage through a Horrod try converted by Jonathan Branston.

Nomads ran riot in the second period.

Gregory Stewart added two more of the scores.

Branston, Kasote and Gavin Fewell also crossed.

And Branston was impeccable with the boot, knocking over two penalties and five conversions.